TP members for legal action against river pollution

 Mangaluru Taluk Panchayat passed a resolution urging the authorities to take legal action against the culprits, who were responsible for polluting Phalguni river, which led to the death of thousands of fish and affected the marine life in Malavoor dam.

The decision was taken at the monthly meeting chaired by Taluk Panchayat president Mohammed Monu.

Irked over the death of a large number of fish in Gurupura river apparently due to pollution, the members, cutting across party lines, demanded action against those who pollute the river.

The river water on the downstream of the Malavoor vented dam had recently turned black and led to the death of fish and other aquatic species causing concern among residents living in the downstream. Though water was clear for the last two days, the water has once again turned black on Wednesday and said that a complaint should be registered against those responsible for the contamination of the river.

They said effluents released by the industries as one of the reason for pollution. If the authorities fail to take action, then residents of all the eight Gram Panchayats coming under the vicinity of Malavoor dam will stage a protest. The water has a strange smell and an oil layer appears on the top as it drawn from the well, the members claimed.

Tahsildar Mahadevaiah said Deputy Commissioner Dr K G Jagadeesha has assured them of taking action after the Karnataka Pollution Control Board officials submit report on the cause of pollution.

The members also urged the Taluk Panchayat executive officer to initiate action against those who dump poultry waste into Gurupura river.

Executive officer Dasananda said Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat CEO Dr M R Ravi has constituted a patrolling team to check those who dump solid waste beside the national and state highway in the district.

The team patrols on the national highway and the state highway from 6 am to 9 am. The public dump the waste and set fire on it before 6 am. “On several occasions, we have seen heaps of garbage on fire while patrolling,” the officer said.

The members said that the income certificates for the schoolchildren should be issued at the earliest as the schools will reopen shortly. Without village accountants at Gram Panchayats, there has been a delay in the issue of income certificates.

The tahsildar should ensure that income certificates are issued on a priority basis, the demanded.
When member Sridhar raised the issue of encroachment of Gomala land at Bondathila in Neermarga, the tahsildar said a report will be submitted within a week.

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